Video: Jaycee Dugard photo revealed

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    >> very much.

    >>> now, the very first image of jaycee dugard following her 18-year-long kidnapping ordeal. the now 29-year-old released photos of herself along with a statement to "people" magazine. larry hackett is that magazine's managing editor. larry , good morning to you.

    >> good morning, matt.

    >> this is the first photo we're seeing. obviously, the only other photos we've seen, she was 11 years old.

    >> exactly.

    >> give me the back story. how was this arranged?

    >> we've come to the story literally from the beginning. we there in 1991 when jaycee went missing and we covered the story then and had photographs then. since she was found, we've been in contact with the family and all those around the family to talk about this.

    >> so, a "people" magazine photographer did not go there? she had someone independently take these photos and then release them to you?

    >> that's correct. as you read the story, you realize this is a long, extraordinary process of her trying to get her life back and to acclimate herself to her new world. enough time had passed where they felt, a, it was time for people to be able to see her, and b, i think to no small degree, there's an idea that they want control of their own lives. obviously, there are people around them who would love this photograph. they thought, we want to control the situation. let's do it now.

    >> i have to ask the obvious question. was there a financial agreement in terms -- did the family, did jaycee gain financially from this photo some.

    >> we have bought photographs in the past like all news organizations. i won't get into the details, but we're very comfortable with the situation and that's the way we did it.

    >> when you look at the photo, what first comes to your mind when you see her?

    >> i think the juxtaposition of the old photograph that's become iconic with the new one, you see that, a, she is obviously that woman and you can see how 18 years has passed. on the other hand, she looks radiant, healthy, happy, and it's a fascinating photograph that you can stare at for quite a while.

    >> you're very good at what you do, so i'm sure there was talk about can you also grant us an interview for this situation. what were her reasons for not wanting to talk now?

    >> i think again, it's a long process. somebody likened it to an adoptive child meeting their parent. it's like that, but different in so many ways. there's 18 years of time to make up. and though her progress has been incredible and the family is bonding incredibly well, i just don't think she's ready to answer a lot of questions involving a lot of things that happened in her life.

    >> what can you tell us about how her daughters are doing? she has a daughter who's 15, a daughter who's 11. i understand they're being tutored, because they're clearly not prepared to go into a regular school now.

    >> well, they may not be prepared to go to a regular school, but their level of education is extraordinary and is about at grade level . the 15-year-old is learning at about what a 15-year-old would normally have, had she gone to school.

    >> which is extraordinary, when you stop to think they were schooled by jaycee . jaycee never finished anything more than the sixth grade.

    >> and as we remember from their living circumstance, they were basically living, you know, behind this house, underneath tarps in shacks.

    >> according to her lawyer, jaycee is fully cooperating with law enforcement . there's going to be a trial --

    >> there is a hearing coming up later this month.

    >> and do you think perhaps one of the reasons they wanted to get out there now and perhaps put a photo out is because of the attention that will be paid to the trial?

    >> absolutely. as i said, there's a hearing later this month. there will be more and more court appearances. there will be a time sooner rather than later where she'll have to make appearances in court and she needs to be ready for them.

    >> all right, larry hackett, thank you very much. this week's "people" featuring those photos of jaycee dugard starts arriving on newsstands today. it's 18 after. here's ann.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/14/2009 1:16:01 PM ET 2009-10-14T17:16:01

Jaycee Dugard, who was allegedly held captive for 18 years in Northern California, has released her first public statement since resurfacing two months ago, saying she is happy to be with her family and have their unconditional love and support.

Dugard, now 29, released the statement to People magazine along with photos of herself as an adult.

The magazine published the photos on its Web site early Wednesday.

Dugard was 11 when police say Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped her, then allegedly held her captive. Police say the couple raped Dugard and Phillip Garrido fathered her daughters. The Garridos have pleaded not guilty.

Dugard was not interviewed by the magazine, although people close to her spoke at length about her rehabilitation and that of her two daughters, Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11. Dugard and her daughters are recovering from their long ordeal at an undisclosed location in northern California; Jaycee’s mother, Terry Probyn, is with them.

The 10-page article is accompanied by many pictures of Dugard and her mother. Dugard’s daughters are shown only from the back.

TODAY’s Matt Lauer asked People’s managing editor, Larry Hackett, if the magazine paid for the photographs, which were taken by a private photographer engaged by the family.

“We have bought photographs in the past,” Hackett said, apparently confirming that the family was paid for the pictures. “I don’t want to go into the details.”

‘She looks radiant’
Hackett said that Dugard and her mother decided to allow publication of the photos and to tell their story because of the intense interest.

“They thought, ‘We want to control this situation. Let’s do it now,’ ” Hackett told Lauer.

Video: A thank-you Hackett remarked on how well Dugard looks in the photos. “She looks radiant, she looks healthy, she looks happy,” he said. But, he added, the story in the magazine shows recovering from years of abuse will not be easy.

“As you read the story, you realize this is a long process, an extraordinary process of her trying to get her life back,” Hackett said. “It’s a long, slow process. Somebody likened it to an adoptive parent meeting their child. There’s 18 years of time to make up. I just don’t think she’s ready to answer a lot of questions involving a lot of things that have happened in her life.”

Erika Schulte, a family spokeswoman for Probyn and Dugard, also spoke with TODAY’s Ann Curry. She said the interview is the family’s way of thanking all the people who have sent messages of support.

“I have seen a family,” Schulte said. “If you didn’t know the circumstances, it would just seem like any other family. [They] are just very close and comfortable and happy.”

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